Belarus: Thousands turn out for 10th weekend of protests
October 18, 2020
For the 10th straight weekend, anti-Lukashenko protesters marched through Minsk despite threats from police to fire live ammunition. Police reportedly fired rubber bullets into the air to disperse demonstrators.
Tsikhanouskaya, who fled to neighboring Lithuania after the vote, has called on Lukashenko to step down before October 25, warning he would otherwise face a nationwide general strike that would paralyze the country.
Ahead of Sunday's protest, Tsikhanouskaya urged Belarusians to continue their calls for justice.
"We will stop only when every political prisoner walks free, when members of law enforcement begin to defend the people, and rule of law and honest elections return to Belarus," she said.
Belarus security forces have so far arrested more than 13,000 people.